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Credit points: 15

Subject outline

This subject will equip you with the necessary theoretical knowledge and skills to design and execute an ethically-sound qualitative research study. The subject will enhance your knowledge of the varied philosophical underpinnings, and methodological approaches to conceiving and designing qualitative research (e.g., using case studies, or ethnographies). Subsequent topics to be covered include: 1) How to write good qualitative research objectives and questions; 2) Common and innovative qualitative research methods -interviewing & focus groups, observational techniques, visual research methods, social media-based research; 3) How to record, store and manage data; 4) Approaches to qualitative data analysis (e.g., coding & categorisation, grounded theory development, discourse analysis); 5) Researcher ethics and reflexivity; 6) How to write up qualitative research.

SchoolLa Trobe Business School

Credit points15

Subject Co-ordinatorJennifer Frost

Available to Study Abroad/Exchange StudentsYes

Subject year levelYear Level 5 - Masters

Available as ElectiveNo

Learning ActivitiesSeminars, readings, class discussions and assessment items.

Capstone subjectNo

Subject particulars

Subject rules

Prerequisites Students must be enrolled in a research or higher degree in Business that includes a thesis component (LHCOM, LDPH, LMBR, LMCR, LMER) and by subject coordinator approval


Incompatible subjectsN/A

Equivalent subjectsN/A

Quota Management StrategyN/A

Quota-conditions or rulesN/A

Special conditionsN/A

Minimum credit point requirementN/A

Assumed knowledgeN/A

Learning resources

Qualitative Inquiry and Research Design: Choosing Among Five Approaches

Resource TypeBook

Resource RequirementPrescribed

AuthorJohn Creswell



PublisherWiley US


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Career Ready


Work-based learningNo

Self sourced or Uni sourcedN/A

Entire subject or partial subjectN/A

Total hours/days requiredN/A

Location of WBL activity (region)N/A

WBL addtional requirementsN/A

Graduate capabilities & intended learning outcomes

Graduate Capabilities

COMMUNICATION - Communicating and Influencing
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Critical Thinking and Problem Solving
INQUIRY AND ANALYSIS - Research and Evidence-Based Inquiry
PERSONAL AND PROFESSIONAL - Ethical and Social Responsibility

Intended Learning Outcomes

01. Examine and critique the range of assumptions, approaches, techniques and debates which make up the qualitative research tradition
02. Apply high-level skills in qualitative data collection, storage, and analysis using varied data gathering and analytical techniques.
03. Utilise high-level writing and critical thinking skills to present qualitative research findings
04. Demonstrate awareness of key ethical issues in qualitative research.

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